REVIEW: Steve Roumas Graphite At Burien Art Gallery

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by Julia Wight

I was totally blown away by the work of Steve Roumas in the Main Gallery at the Burien Art Gallery.

Most artists show you the world through their eyes but Roumas lets you enter his world. Surrounded by his work, evokes the same sensation as standing among ancient ruins or some holy site. One visitor told me it was very “Zen.” I could wax lyrical about his pictures but like a great book or movie I don’t want to give away the details. Come and see for yourself. I predict a great future for this artist.

In the Upper Gallery, you will find a delightful array of paintings courtesy of Artists United, a vibrant organization of artists who contribute their time and talent to the Burien Art Gallery. The three mediums of oil, acrylic and water color are very well represented by Carol Huddleston, Judy Eckhardt and Carolyn Dorratcague respectively. Carol’s eye popping still life of a can of sardines is the work of a virtuoso and her self portrait holds with you with liquid eyes as I am tempted to reach over and stroke an eye brow. Judy’s uses soft shades of peach and lavender to illuminate seaside and pastoral scenes. Nearby in stark contrast, two paintings of lilies and daisies with dark backgrounds show another side of this artist’s talent. Carolyn’s watercolors display a great sense of color and variety of subject matter. She seems equally at ease painting docks and boats or a red barn in the snow. Her crows and urban chickens would make a wonderful edition to anyone’s art collection.

The Education Annex houses an exhibition of fanciful skateboard art and some very good wood cuts executed by talented students from local High Schools, including Evergreen High School Technical Campus in White Center.

I urge you not to miss this show – I guarantee it is worth the effort.

The Burien Art Gallery is located at 421 SW 146th in Burien (map below), and is open from 12-5 Wednesday through Friday, 11-5 Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

For further information about this exhibit or Burien Arts, please contact Erin Williamson at (206) 244-7808 or via e-mail at [email protected].


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